The injunction of the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Mohammed, clearly directed the humans on how to deal with pandemic diseases and natural disasters.
Delivering his maiden sermon since his installation on 23rd of last month, at the Egba Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta, last Friday, the Egba Grand Imam, Sheikh Saadallah Bamigbola, told the Muslim faithfuls that, the Holy Qur’an and fuller explanations by Prophet Mohammed, were the first to give universal protocols on how to prevent contacting and spreading of pandemics of the magnitude of COVID19.
Sheikh Saadallah disclosed that whenever there were heavy rainstorms and floods, the Holy Prophet had always direct that calls to prayers, should be changed to, STAY AT HOME AND PRAY, instead of COME AND JOIN THE JAAMAH!
The Egba Apex Imam confirmed that, before the advent of worldwide modern medicine, Islam had directed that, if there was an outbreak of disease in any city, those affected must not leave that city and anybody from outside must not visit the city, until there was a confirmed end of the problem.
Sheikh Saadallah Bamigbola therefore commended Ogun State other Governments for taking proactive steps to stem the spread of the pandemic.
He warned Muslims and others, living in the same communities to adhere strictly to medical experts’ advice and government directives in their own interest and those of other people.
While calling on Muslims to pray fervently to Allah to completely stop the ravaging disease, he warned that should not test Allah’s will by flouting Authorities’ directives as such a negative attitude would amount to a violation of Islamic injunction, which stipulated that, Muslims must obey and respect lawful orders of their government and leaders.
Newsflagship Online Newspaper recalls that Ogun State Government conditionally lifted ban on Worship Centres last weekend, for the first time since COVID19 outbreak in March and went round to allow only Mosques that complied with Safety Arrangements for worshippers.
Those that attended the Jumat service at the Egba Central Mosque, followed the health directives under the watchful eyes of volunteered health workers.
Worshippers present at the first Jumat Service at the Egba Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta, since the lockdown due to COVID19 in March this year, included, OloriRatibi, Daud Afuape; Chief Imam Ijaye, Haj Musa Olomu; Alfa Tafsir Egba, Haj Amolegbe;
Egba Muslim Chiefs at the Service included Seriki Lateef Abiola, Baada Sheriff Ogunrinde; Ogboye Muyideen Adekunle; Akogun Ismaila Odejimi; a former Abeokuta South Local Govt Chairman, Odejimi Ologbonwon, as well as a Permanent Secretary, in the Ogun State service, Haj Engineer Hakeem Ademolake as well as a Haj Engineer Hakeem Ademolake and Retired Local Government Health Boss, Kamal Akintunde.